A massive man hunt is out for a suspect who gunned down a police officer outside an Orlando, Fla., Wal-Mart store on Monday.
Another deputy who was riding a motorcycle died after being hit by a vehicle when he attempted to pursuit the suspect.
Report say the shooting took place some where around 7:15 a.m. outside a Walmart store in Pine Hills west Florida.
The 17- year veteran who was shot and killed in the line of duty was Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, Police Chief John Mina stated.
“Debra Clayton is a hero, and she gave her life to protect the community she loves,” the Chief said.
According to authorities the man identified as the shooter is Markeith Loyd, 41, also wanted in question for the killing of his pregnant ex-girlfriend back in December. The suspect shot at officers before fleeing the shooting scene in a stolen vehicle, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.
“He will be brought to justice, the community can be sure of that,” Chief Mina stated.
Witnesses say they seen the gunman wearing a security uniform when he opened fire on officer Clayton.
“Loyd was an average-looking dude, he walked by me, had a security vest and everything. I was walking down the sidewalk, right past the officer, and I heard her tell him to stop, or whatever, and he shot her. He shot her down,” a witness stated to the press.
Clayton was pronounced dead at the hospital. She is survived by her two children and a husband, authorities said.
Markeith Loyd has an extensive criminal record which dates back to 1996 when he was arrested for a drug-related shooting where someone lost their life. Loyd was initially charged with first-degree murder but it was later drop after a witness recanted his statement.
Law enforcement also said Loyd criminal record includes weapon charges, aggravated battery, trespassing and drug charges.